067: Disruptions provoke renewal

067: Disruptions provoke renewal

067: Disruptions provoke renewal

The history of the world is a history of disruptions. We human beings like predictability that gives us a sense of safety. We like to know what’s going to happen next so we can prepare for it. Disruptions throw us into a state of panic as chaos swirls around us.

But disruptions provoke a necessary renewal of the status quo by throwing it into chaos to shake us out of our ruts. It’s in the middle of this disruptive chaos that things get interesting and we adapt in ways we might not have thought possible.

In this episode of the Spirit of Leading podcast, I discuss why disruption is necessary and healthy for our continued survival. I share some examples and offer a perspective that disruption provides renewal. And that’s a good thing.

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066: The status of women in Oklahoma—Kitti Asberry, Exe. Dir.

066: The status of women in Oklahoma—Kitti Asberry, Exe. Dir.

066: The status of women in Oklahoma—Kitti Asberry, Exe. Dir.

Kitti Asberry knows advocacy. She credits her father’s advice, “Nobody’s gonna give you anything, but don’t take anything that’s not yours,” with sustaining her through her experience as a union leader at Oklahoma City’s General Motors plant, as a political advocate and leader in her county and state Democratic party, and, now, as the executive director of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women.

On this episode of the Spirit of Leading podcast, I caught up with Kitti at her office in the Will Rogers Building of the state capitol complex to hear about the variety of projects with which she is currently involved. We discuss her work with OCSW, the Oklahoma and National 20/20 Conversations on Women on Boards, and encouraging women to get involved politically.

Kitti is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma (Class XXX) and a member of the Leadership Oklahoma City alumni board. In 2012, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Federation of Democratic Women’s Clubs Hall of Fame. In 2019, Kitti was named the Public Servant of the Year by the Women of Color Expo.

 

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Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women Home page

Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women Commissioners page

National Conversation on Women on Boards 20/20

Women on Boards 20/20 Oklahoma Facebook page

Sally’s List leadership page

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065: Disruption, chaos, and creativity

065: Disruption, chaos, and creativity

065: Disruption, chaos, and creativity

Chaos theory holds that systems tend to entropy toward an eventual state of unpredictability and chaos from which new patterns emerge. However, there is no way to predict what those new patterns will be. The possibilities are endless.

The status quo is an illusion because everything changes. In this episode of the Spirit of Leading podcast, I discuss this phenomenon and how our current experience with the COVID-19 outbreak is an example of disruption and the potential new systems that might emerge on the other side of dealing with it.

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064: Joy to your world

064: Joy to your world

064: Joy to your world

The news has always been filled with stories of conflict and doom. We get a false impression that danger lurks around every corner, that bad things are common, and that we don’t have much hope for the future. In this episode of the Spirit of Leading podcast, I speak to the joy that surrounds us and why it is important that we open our eyes to see it as it happens.

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063: Schools of Character—State Sen. Dewayne Pemberton

063: Schools of Character—State Sen. Dewayne Pemberton

063: Schools of Character—State Sen. Dewayne Pemberton

State Senator Dwayne Pemberton has been a champion for young people and quality education for nearly four decades. Along the way, while the principal of Muskogee High School, he led a culture change effort based on the principles of character education to improve the school’s overall evaluation from the state department of education. Consequently, Muskogee High School became the first Oklahoma high school to be recognized as a school of character by both the state and national schools of character organizations.

On this episode of The Spirit of Leading podcast, Sen. Pemberton talks about that journey and what it meant to both the school and himself.

Oklahoma State School Boards Association Legislator of the Year

Attending a community meeting about area transportation

Making a point

Sen. Pemberton meets with Anna Stewart (Muskogee) and Melissa McLain (Ft. Gibson) American Cancer Society

Sen. Pemberton with pages Christopher Fulbright and Mason Page

Sen. Pemberton meets the Leadership Tahlequah class

062: Ethics, Morality, and Law

062: Ethics, Morality, and Law

062: Ethics, Morality, and Law

Who’s to say what’s right or wrong? Is that the role of religion, the legal justice system, theologians, philosophers? Who? Culture is just the sum total of the behaviors we will allow. What will we allow, and who decides?

With lawyers arguing on behalf of the President of the United States that the President is absolutely above the law and cannot be held accountable for anything, one wonders how far that precedent goes. Maybe our society is getting approval and permission from the top to delve into one big ethical free for all.

What is the relationship between laws, ethics, and morals? Which holds us to the appropriate standard? In this episode of The Spirit of Leading podcast, I consider those relationships and offer some thoughts on how we might think about each of those elements of the larger question of what will govern our actions and what culture we will become.

061: Emeka Nnaka-control the controllables

061: Emeka Nnaka-control the controllables

061: Emeka Nnaka-control the controllables

Emeka Nnaka loved playing football and having fun with his friends. At 6’5″ tall, his friends called him the Enforcer, and he relished being able to trake care of them. Then, a spine crushing football injury changed all that in the blink of an eye. In this episode of The Spirit of Leading, I talk to Emeka about how he got through those years of recovery and reinventing his life.

Now Emeka is building a career as a motivational speaker, and he is growing his stature as a mentor and coach and is learning new ways to take care of his friends and have fun.

Related links

Emeka Nnaka website

Spinal cord injury information

Magic City Books, Tulsa

Emeka speaks at a United Way Campaign kickoff luncheon

Emeka speaks to a high school audience.

Emeka with Able Athletes team

A Tulsa Street School class enjoys a session with Emeka

Emeka takes his motivational message to students in Bixby

Emeka took up painting as part of his therapy. It turns out that he has a talent for it.

Thanks to Magic City Books for providing the Algonquin Room where this episode of The Spirit of Leading was recorded.

060: The truth of horizons and heavens

060: The truth of horizons and heavens

060: The truth of horizons and heavens

Relative truth is what we experience as truth as we observe it. Each of us has a vantage point (perspective). Imagine standing still near a railroad track. A speeding train approaches and starts to sound its horn. At first, the pitch of the horn is low, and it gets higher, and louder, as the train approaches then lower as it passes. Is there something in the horn that causes it to change pitch? No. The horn blows at a consistent frequency, say 100 Hz. The only time you hear the most exact pitch is when the train passes you. The farther the train horn is from you the lower it sounds because the distance between the sounds waves gets closer together as the horn approaches and farther apart as the train moves past. You might know this as the Doppler effect.

In this episode of the Spirit of Leading, I discuss truth in relation to the vantage point of the individual observer in relation to the larger truth, its context. It reminds us that any truth we experience must be considered in its large context, and they must support each other. Think of applications of this principle as you listen.